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Poster display session

3361 - Cancer patient interest and perceptions of lifestyle behavior programs.


10 Sep 2017


Poster display session


Cancer Prevention;  Supportive and Palliative Care


Lawson Eng


Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_5): v543-v567. 10.1093/annonc/mdx388


L. Eng1, S. Liu2, Q. Zhang3, D. Farzanfar1, S. Yeung1, C.M. Brown2, W. Xu4, D. Howell2, D.P. Goldstein5, J.M. Jones1, P. Selby6, M.E. Giuliani7, G. Liu1

Author affiliations

  • 1 Department Of Medical Oncology And Hematology, Princess Margaret Hospital, M5G 2M9 - Toronto/CA
  • 2 Department Of Medical Oncology And Hematology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, M5G 2M9 - Toronto/CA
  • 3 Department Of Biostatistics, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, M5G 2M9 - Toronto/CA
  • 4 Department Of Biostatistics, Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, M5G 2M9 - Toronto/CA
  • 5 Otolaryngology-head And Neck Surgery, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, M5G 2M9 - Toronto/CA
  • 6 Addictions, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, M6J 1H4 - Toronto/CA
  • 7 Department Of Radiation Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, M5G 2M9 - Toronto/CA


Abstract 3361


Lifestyle behaviors including smoking cessation, physical activity (PA) and alcohol moderation are important aspects of a cancer survivorship program. We assessed cancer patient (pt) interest and perceptions of programs for these behaviours.


501 cancer pts from all subtypes were surveyed on their smoking, PA and alcohol consumption patterns along with their interest and perceptions for programs for these behaviors. Multivariable logistic regression models identified factors associated with pt interest and perceptions.


At diagnosis, 115 pts smoked; 41% had second hand smoke (SHS) exposure; 238 were drinking alcohol; 313 did not meet PA guidelines. At risk individuals’ (e.g, smokers for smoking cessation, exposed to SHS for household smoking cessation) survey results are shown in the table. Perceptions of how these behaviors impact quality of life, survival and fatigue was not associated with program interest (P > 0.05). However, pts perceiving that alcohol worsened and PA improved these outcomes were more to likely believe associated programs are beneficial (alcohol aORs = 2.1-2.2 P 


About half of pts feel that lifestyle behavior programs would be beneficial and should be part of routine care. These factors were more important than perception of the behaviors on outcomes in influencing pt interest. Initial discussions with pts should focus on discussing benefits of these programs.

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre




All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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